Minister of Mines (Canada)

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The position of Minister of Mines was a Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet responsible for the mining industry. The Department of Mines was created by the government of Sir Wilfrid Laurier by Statute 6-7 Edw,. VII, c. 29. and assented to on 27 April 1907. The department was to be presided over by the minister of another department who was to be named by the Governor in Council and who was to be called "The Minister of Mines". The Minister of Inland Revenue was the first to be named Minister of Mines. In 1936, the mines portfolio became part of the Minister of Mines and Resources, in 1950, Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys, in 1966 the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, and since 1995 the Minister of Natural Resources.

The offices of Minister of Immigration and Colonization, Minister of the Interior, Minister of Mines and Superintendent-General of Indian Affairs were abolished and the office of Minister of Mines and Resources was created by Statute 1 Edw. VIII, c. 33, assented to on 23 June 1936 and proclaimed in force on 1 Dec. 1936.

Ministers of Mines (1907-1936)[edit]

1. William Templeman (concurrently Minister of Inland Revenue) Cabinet of Laurier May 3, 1907 – October 6, 1911
2. Wilfrid Bruno Nantel (concurrently Minister of Inland Revenue) Cabinet of Borden October 10, 1911 – March 29, 1912
3. Robert Rogers (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of Borden March 30, 1912 – October 28, 1912
4. William James Roche (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of Borden October 29, 1912 – February 9, 1913
5. Louis Coderre (concurrently Secretary of State of Canada) Cabinet of Borden February 10, 1913 – October 5, 1915
6. Pierre-Édouard Blondin (concurrently Secretary of State of Canada) Cabinet of Borden October 6, 1915 – January 7, 1917
7. Esioff-Léon Patenaude (concurrently Secretary of State of Canada) Cabinet of Borden January 8, 1917 – January 12, 1917
8. Albert Sévigny acting (concurrently Secretary of State of Canada) Cabinet of Borden June 13, 1917 – August 24, 1917
9. Arthur Meighen (concurrently Secretary of State of Canada) Cabinet of Borden August 25, 1917 – October 12, 1917
10. Martin Burrell (concurrently Secretary of State of Canada) Cabinet of Borden October 12, 1917 – December 30, 1919
11. Arthur Meighen (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of Borden December 31, 1919 – July 10, 1920
12. Sir James Alexander Lougheed (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of Meighen July 10, 1920 – December 29, 1921
13. Charles A. Stewart (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of King December 29, 1921 – June 28, 1926
14. Henry Herbert Stevens acting (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of Meighen June 29, 1926 – July 12, 1926
15. Richard Bedford Bennett acting (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of Meighen July 13, 1926 – September 25, 1926
16. Charles A. Stewart (concurrently Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of King September 25, 1926 – August 7, 1930
17. Wesley Ashton Gordon (concurrently Minister of Immigration and Colonization and, after 3 Feb. 1932, Minister of Labour) Cabinet of Bennett August 7, 1930 – October 23, 1935
17. Thomas Alexander Crerar (concurrently Minister of Immigration and Colonization and Minister of the Interior) Cabinet of King October 23, 1935 – November 30, 1936